Every time we open our mouths, words with strange origins and meanings flow from our lips. These words sound ordinary and downright commonplace, but behind them are stories that are exotic and downright bizarre. What’s the connection between assassins and hashish? How did the Crusaders invent biscuits? Why do libraries specialize in peeled bark? Was George Washington groggy? Join us for a hodgepodge (French stew) of potpourri (plague repellent).